The Backstage Beat would like to offer our condolences to Ronnie Hammond’s family and friends.
Tomorrow, March 18th they will gather to celebrate his life and lay him to rest.
Funeral services will be held at 1P.M., Friday, March 18, 2011 at Maynard Baptist Church, 1195 Juliette Road, Forsyth, GA 31029 with burial in Monroe Memorial Gardens. Michael Wilds will officiate. The family will greet friends from 11:00 A.M. until the hour of the funeral at the church.
We got to know Atlanta Rhythm Section as they are now throughout 2010 and although we never met Ronnie personally we’ve known his voice.
He will live on forever in the music of Atlanta Rhythm Section and in the hearts of friends like Steve Stone.
Steve talked to us today and this is what he said about Ronnie:
“First I was a fan from when they started going strong in the 70’s. Then I was a band mate which through years of traveling and recording turned into being more like family. Ronnie was the most naturally gifted musician I have ever played with. Everything he did musically as well as in life was from the heart. About a month ago we were texting each other and he said, ‘Steve you are always in my heart’. That will always stay with me and he will always be in mine.”